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A chronology of feature films and feature-length telemovies produced or filmed in New Zealand ordered by year of release:



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Title Director Genre Notes
Hinemoa Gaston Méliès First NZ feature film [1]
Loved by a Maori Chieftess Gaston Méliès [1]
How Chief Te Ponga Won His Bride Gaston Méliès [1]
Hinemoa George Tarr Romance First feature film with a NZ producer and director. [2]
The Mutiny of the Bounty


Title Director Genre Notes
Beyond (film)
The Betrayer
My Lady of the Cave Rudall Hayward
The Birth of New Zealand
The Romance of Sleepy Hollow
Venus of the South Seas
Rewi's Last Stand (1925) Rudall Hayward
The Adventures of Algy
The Romance of Hine-moa Gustav Pauli [3]
Carbine's Heritage
The Te Kooti Trail Rudall Hayward
Under the Southern Cross
The Devil's Pit
The Bush Cinderella Rudall Hayward


Title Director Genre Notes
The Romance Of Maoriland
Down on the Farm (film) First New Zealand talkie feature.
Primitive Passions
Hei Tiki
New Zealand's Charm: A Romantic Outpost of Empire CJ Morton Scenic [4]
Magic Playgrounds in New Zealand's Geyserland Scenic [4]
Phar Lap's Son
The Wagon and the Star
On the Friendly Road Rudall Hayward
New Zealand Review no.1, Holiday Sounds Scenic [4]
New Zealand Review no.5, Mountain Holiday Scenic [4]
Rewi's Last Stand (1939) Rudall Hayward [5]


Title Director Genre Notes
One Hundred Crowded Years Official Centennial film
Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan War Location shooting for Hollywood film. [5]


Title Director Genre Notes
Broken Barrier John O'Shea Drama [5]
The Seekers (1954 film) Ken Annakin Adventure Location shooting for British film with NZ setting. [5]
Until They Sail Robert Wise Wartime Romance Location shooting at Sumner for Hollywood film set in NZ.[5]


Title Director Genre Notes
Runaway (1964 film) John O'Shea [5]
140 Days Under the World Geoffrey Scott Documentary 1965 Academy Award Nominee: Documentary Short. [6]
Young Guy on Mt. Cook (ja:Nyu jirando no wakadaishô) Jun Fukuda (Location shooting of Japanese film)[5]


Title Director Genre Notes
To Love a Maori Rudall Hayward Shot on 16mm [5]
Rangi's Catch Michael Forlong [5]
Games '74 John King, Sam Pillsbury, Paul Maunder, Arthur Everard Sports documentary
Test Pictures:Eleven Vignettes from a Relationship Geoff Steven shot on 16mm [5]
Landfall (film) Paul Maunder shot on 16mm [5]
Off the Edge Michael Firth Skiing [5]
The God Boy Murray Reece Telemovie [5]
Wild Man (film) Geoff Murphy
Sleeping Dogs Roger Donaldson Drama/Action First NZ film to open in the U.S.A
Solo (1977 film) Tony Williams
Skin Deep * Geoff Steven Drama [5]
Died in the Wool Brian McDuffie whodunnit telemovie
Colour Scheme Peter Sharp whodunnit telemovie
Middle Age Spread*† John Reid Comedy (shot on 16mm)
Jack Winter's Dream David Sims telemovie
Sons for the Return Home*† Paul Maunder


Title Director Genre Notes
Beyond Reasonable Doubt * John Laing docudrama
Squeeze (film) Richard Turner (shot on 16mm)
Goodbye Pork Pie * Geoff Murphy comedy, road movie [5]
Pictures† * Michael Black [5]
Race for the Yankee Zephyr David Hemmings action Australia - NZ co-production [5]
Smash Palace * Roger Donaldson drama [5]
Wildcat (film) Ross Prosser, Russel Campbell, Alister Barry (shot on 16mm) [5]
Dead Kids / Strange Behaviour / Shadowland Michael Laughlin [5]
Bad Blood * Mike Newell drama NZ-British co-production [5]
Carry Me Back† * John Reid comedy [5]
(reissued as Warlords of the 21st Century)
Harley Cokliss action Hollywood film shot on location[5]
The Scarecrow * Sam Pillsbury [5]
Hang on a Minute Mate! Alan Lindsay telemovie [5]
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Nagisa Oshima War location shooting for British-Japanese co-production. [5]
Wild Horses† * Derek Morton Drama [7]
It's Lizzie to Those Close† * David Blyth shot on 16mm [5]
War Years Pat McGuire [5]
Patu!† * Merata Mita documentary [5]
Strata Geoff Steven [5]
The Lost Tribe* John Laing [5]
Second Time Lucky Michael Anderson comedy [5]
Heart of the Stag Michael Firth Drama [5]
Trespasses Peter Sharp [5]
Savage Islands (a.k.a. Nate and Hayes)† Ferdinand Fairfax Adventure [5]
Among the Cinders† * Rolf Hädrich Drama [8]
Utu * Geoff Murphy historical action Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival [5]
Came a Hot Friday * Ian Mune comedy [5]
Constance * Bruce Morrison Drama [5]
Other Halves John Laing drama [5]
The Silent One * Yvonne Mackay Drama filmed in the Cook Islands [9]
Iris a.k.a. Out of Time Tony Isaac Biography drama Telemovie [10]
Death Warmed Up† * David Blyth horror / thriller [5]
Vigil * Vincent Ward Drama Nominated for Palme D'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival [11]
The Bounty Roger Donaldson Adventure Location shooting for Australian/US production[5]
Dangerous Orphans * John Laing Action [2]
Kingpin Mike Walker drama [3]
Mr Wrong * Gaylene Preston horror [4]
Shaker Run Bruce Morrison Action / Thriller [5]
Hot Target Denis Lewiston sex thriller Location shooting for US film[5]
Sylvia Michael Firth biographical film [5]
The Quiet Earth * Geoff Murphy Drama / Sci-Fi / Mystery [5]
Bridge to Nowhere (film) * Ian Mune [5]
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale Murray Ball animated film [5]
Pallet on the Floor Lynton Butler [5]
Mark II* [5]
Queen City Rocker * Bruce Morrison [5]
Bad Taste * Peter Jackson Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi
Ngati * Barry Barclay [5]
Illustrious Energy * Leon Narbey [5]
Mauri * Merata Mita [5]
Send a Gorilla * Melanie Read [5]
The Grasscutter Ian Mune action / thriller [5]
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey * Vincent Ward fantasy [5] Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival


Title Director Genre Notes
An Angel at My Table * Jane Campion biography [5]
Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree* Martyn Sanderson drama [5]
Meet the Feebles* Peter Jackson black comedy [5]
Ruby and Rata * Gaylene Preston [5]
A Soldier's Tale Larry Parr war / drama
Chunuk Bair Dale G. Bradley War
Grampire David Blyth comedy / horror / kids
Old Scores Alan Clayton comedy
Te Rua
The End of the Golden Weather Ian Mune
Alex* Megan Simpson Huberman sport /drama
Absent Without Leave John Laing World War II
Braindead Peter Jackson Splatter/Horror
Crush Alison Maclean Entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival
Desperate Remedies Stewart Main, Peter Wells surrealist melodrama Screened at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival
The Piano Jane Campion drama / romance Won the Palme d'Or at Cannes
Bread and Roses* Gaylene Preston biography
Heavenly Creatures'*' Peter Jackson Drama / Romance / Crime
Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori Drama
Bonjour Timothy*
Cinema of Unease Sam Neill, Judy Rymer Documentary
Forgotten Silver Costa Botes, Peter Jackson mockumentary
Broken English Gregor Nicholas drama / romance
Chicken Grant La Hood comedy
Jack Brown Genius Tony Hiles Produced by Peter Jackson
Flight of the Albatross
Someone Else's Country
The Frighteners* Peter Jackson comedy / horror
The Whole of the Moon*
Lost Valley
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives
Memory and Desire
Saving Grace Costa Botes romance
Channelling Baby Christine Parker
I'll Make You Happy
Savage Honeymoon
Scarfies* Robert Sarkies black comedy
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Ian Mune drama


Title Director Genre Notes
Stickmen (film) Hamish Rothwell
The Price of Milk Harry Sinclair
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons Glenn Standring
Crooked Earth Sam Pillsbury
Vertical Limit Martin Campbell Action/Drama Some Scenes Filmed In New Zealand
Her Majesty (film) Mark J. Gordon coming-of-age
Rain (2001 film) Christine Jeffs coming-of-age
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring* Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers* Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
The Last Samurai Edward Zwick U.S produced film shot in New Zealand
Whale Rider* Niki Caro drama
Murmurs Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
In My Father's Den Brad McGann
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous Stewart Main drama
King Kong* Peter Jackson adventure
Perfect Creature Glenn Standring
River Queen Vincent Ward historical drama
The World's Fastest Indian Roger Donaldson biography
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Andrew Adamson Fantasy / Adventure
Meet Me in Miami
Memories of Tomorrow (NZ Film) Amit Tripuraneni Drama/Thriller
No. 2 Toa Fraser
Perfect Creature Glenn Standring horror/thriller
Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut Anna Wilding documentary
Sione's Wedding Chris Graham comedy / romance
Eagle vs Shark Taika Cohen Comedy
Kissy Kissy Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
The Ferryman Chris Graham horror
Out of the Blue Robert Sarkies drama (based on true events)
Black Sheep Johnathan King horror
The Tattooist
A Song of Good
Down by the Riverside Marama Killen
Brad Davison
Film Noir-Horror
The Devil Dared Me To
Bridge to Terabithia (2007 film)
We're Here To Help Jonothan Cullinane Kafkaesque comedy
Men Shouldn't Sing
The Last Magic Show Andy Conlan Comedy Romance
Pictures of You (film)
30 Days of Night David Slade Horror
The Vintner's Luck Niki Caro
Show of Hands Anthony McCarten Romantic Comedy Filmed in New Plymouth, Nov-Dec 2007 [12]
Dambusters (2008 film)
Untitled Charles Upham biopic
Avatar (2009 film)*
The Lovely Bones (film) Peter Jackson
Temeraire (film)
Untitled Bruce McLaren biopic


Title Director Genre Notes
Tracker Ian Sharp action / adventure

See also


  1. ^ a b c FilmNZ History
  2. ^ NZ Film Archive
  3. ^ [1] NZ Film Archive
  4. ^ a b c d NZFA Events Calendar
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg "Feature Films made in New Zealand since 1939". New Zealand Film Commission. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2009.  
  6. ^ [ Awards for 140 Days Under the World (IMDB)]
  7. ^ Wild Horses (1983)
  8. ^ Among the cinders (IMDB)
  9. ^ The Silent One (1984)
  10. ^ Out of Time (1984) (TV)
  11. ^ Vigil (IMDB)
  12. ^ New movie lures Melanie Lynskey home - Entertainment news, gossip & music, movie & book reviews on
  • Leonard Maltin's 2007 Movie Guide

Further reading

  • Dennis, Jonathan & Jan Bieringa, (1996) "Film in Aotearoa New Zealand", Wellington: Victoria University Press. (best source on topic) ISBN 0-86473-309-7
  • Martin, Helen, and Edwards, Sam, (1997) New Zealand film, 1912-1996. Auckland: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558336-1

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